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134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1421
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Ranked #3 of 541 Restaurants in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Eclectic, International
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Btw. Prospect & Columbia
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344 reviews from our community

86% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
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English first
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I went to Oleana about 3 years ago and was blown away by what was arguably the best dining experience I've ever had. That's why I was looking forward to coming back. I wasn't naive enough to try to recreate that experience, but I was hoping for something close and just didn't get it. I have to say that I... More

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The cuisine is derived from Levantine recipes, more Turkish, and a little from Alepo and Beirut. At the base, the chef utilises very fresh and the highest quality ingredients, the spices and herb are just right, and all are combined in the most delicious way to deliver a rhapsody of tastes The service is warm and accommodating, we were well... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We made a last minute decision to spend the night in Cambridge before heading home to Charlotte this morning. So glad we did! After reading so many great reviews and being a lover of tapas we had to go. My husband and I sat at the bar where we received outstanding service from Tracy, the bartender. Not only did she... More

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Boston/Cape Cod
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Very enjoyable anniversary meal. Service was thoughtful,taking care of a special need seemlessly, and attentive. Food was delicious, with wonderful spice combinations. And a special dessert provided from the kitchen for our celebration. One ask -- make the tables a bit farther apart-- exiting can be a little too intimate!

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Calgary, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We heard about this restaurant from a foodie friend. So glad we listened to him, this was the best restaurant on our trip to Boston. We could not get reservations on Sunday evening but were advised to show up as early as possible and take our chances. We got lucky and were seated at a great table. They describe their... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Please order the sultans delight and the grape leave pie with lamb. I was not impressed by the hummus at all. It had a very strange texture and was a little bland compared to the hummus I've had at ilili in NYC. They need to make that dish pop more. Service was so friendly and down to earth. Will definitely... More

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My husband and I bought a condo in Cambridge and have lived here about 2 years. We decided to try as many Cambridge restaurants as we could--and have eaten at many! Oleana moved to my first spot immediately after we tried it--and has remained in first place since. It's my husbands' #2 spot. Reservations are mandatory as many people apparently... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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53 reviews 53 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We selected this restaurant because of all the great online reviews that it received. We made a reservation and were glad we did because it was a Friday night and crowded. We got to sit outside in the patio. The whole menu looked delicious so we decided to order 6 mezes and get lots of different tastes. We did not... More

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London, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We would not have known about this place had we not gone with Boston residents. It's well out of the Cambridge restaurant district and far from Harvard Square, but over the 10 years of its existence it has garnered a reputation that ensures it is always busy. I give it top marks despite the small table and less than intimate... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

In Boston from Chicago, having gotten high praise from the superfoods expert, Wendy Bazilian, I made the trek out to Cambridge (on the T, a better choice than a taxi with all the traffic). I was expecting great food, and perhaps a personal touch. The food was good, the wine was excellent, the sea bass was excellent, and the special... More

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